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A Dramatic Oceanfront Wedding Ceremony with a Greenhouse Reception

A Dramatic Oceanfront Wedding Ceremony with a Greenhouse Reception

 

Owners of a new local organic restaurant, it was important to the bride and groom that the location resonated with their plant-based and sustainability mantra, therefore what better than a greenhouse wedding reception location? That is why we produced this organic wedding for a sweet couple at the Orchid Estate along the Gaviota Coast.

Something that I find NUMBER ONE IMPORTANT when seeking an event venue, is to find a location that ties in with the theme, purpose, personality or intended vibe. In this case, the greenhouse brings so much interest and uniqueness to the guest experience, not only is it a WOW factor to be forever remembered, it was a day-journey.

Guests were shuttled to the end of the property, walked a short path, crossed the train tracks to find themselves along a breathtaking oceanfront cliff lined with wooden benches. After the teary eyes wedding ceremony, and swoop kiss, guests enjoyed cocktails and delicious hors d’ouvres inside a living plant portion of the greenhouse.

For dinner, live music entertained guests inside the event greenhouse, which was decorated with mismatched chairs, runners, wooden tables and interesting furnitures. The eclectic decor complimented the industrial and symmetrical greenhouse, softening the look and feel of the unique venue.

Thank you to the amazing team of vendors who helped make this another flawless #FeliciWedding.

Catering: Season Catering | Flowers: Secret garden | Lighting: Bellavista Designs | Music ~ BandThe Class Band | Photography: Clarissa Koenig photography | Planner Felici Events | Rentals: Ventura Party Rentals

 

Lavender & Purple Wedding at Alice Keck Park & El Paseo Restaurant

Lavender & Purple Wedding at Alice Keck Park & El Paseo Restaurant

Featured on Santa Barbara Wedding Style Blog, this bride and groom are very special to Zohe because the groom is one of Zohe's best friends, and Zohe was honored when they asked her to plan their Santa Barbara wedding.

The couple chose to hold their ceremony at the beautiful Alice Keck Park in Santa Barbara, since that is where they had part of their first date. 

The bride knew her colors from the start of the wedding planning, that is why the bridesmaids wore purple, knee length gowns and carried varied shades of purple floral bouquets crafted by the ever talented Margaret Joan Florals.  

The couple hung different shades of purple ribbons behind them at the existing lush ceremony altar, creating a fun backdrop as Rich Tobin led the couple through their vows. Guitar Witt duo softly played Spanish style music throughout the ceremony which incorporated the bride's Cuban background and added romance to the park’s ambiance. 

Felici Events worked with this couple to plan a wonderful day for them as they moved from the ceremony to the iconic El Paseo Restaurant for their reception.

Kelsey Crews Photo captured the day so perfectly and that she even got a few shots in of the couple’s beloved pooch, Kirby, who made his appearance at the ceremony. The day ended on a sweet note with a full dance floor of dancers, and nonstop dancing to music provided by Gavin Roy Presents as well as a delicious cake by Christine Dahl Pastries.

Cake - Christine Dahl Pastries

Ceremony Venue - Alice Keck Park

Flowers - Margaret Jordan Floral

Lighting - SPARK Creative Events

Music ~ Ceremony & Cocktails - Guitar Witt

Music ~ Reception - DJ Gavin Roy

Officiate - Rich Tobin

Photography - Kelsey Crews Photo

Planner - Felici Events

Reception Venue - El Paseo Restaurant

Rentals - Just 4 Fun Party Rentals

Private Estate Silver + Blue Santa Barbara Wedding

Private Estate Silver + Blue Santa Barbara Wedding

Villa Verano February Santa Barbara Wedding

This very special private estate wedding was full of delight, elegance and a class act couple to go along with it!  When Jill + Jason sought me out, they did not have a location picked out yet, but knew they wanted to get married 2.15.15 because of Jason's work schedule (Hight School teacher in NYC).  They were really leaning toward a luxury hotel wedding, but wedding planning is my thing and reading people my talent.

Because their friends, families and selves were coming to California from the East Coast, I suggested they look at private venues.  This would allow them to enjoy the weather and stunning views Santa Barbara offers for longer than a 2 hour stint (with daylight savings, they would have most of the reception in the dark).   Soooo, off to see venues we went, and Villa Verano is what they fell in love with.  It allowed for their close family to stay w/ them (just as if they were in a hotel) and enjoy the property and privacy for their entire stay.

I The colors the client chose were silver and blue for this February affair.  Below the gorgeous invitations created by the über talented Lazaro Press and Designs.

Jill and Jason Invitation Wedding Blue and Silver Felici Events
Jill and Jason Invitation Wedding Blue and Silver Felici Events

The wedding ceremony took place at the quaint and intimate setting of the lower garden on the property. Their officiate, a close friend, did a phenomenal job with the ceremony.  I would hire her for all of my nuptials if she lived closer, not New York City.

Jill and Jason Wedding Ceremony Villa Verano Felici Events
Jill and Jason Wedding Ceremony Villa Verano Felici Events

The colors worked so well with the venue, flirty flowers, elegant linens and silver rimmed glassware

Jill and Jason Table Set Up Felici Events Villa Verano
Jill and Jason Table Set Up Felici Events Villa Verano
Jill and Jason Excort Card display on hydrangea Felici Events
Jill and Jason Excort Card display on hydrangea Felici Events

The escort cards are displayed on a bed of hydrangeas which eventually became a focal point.  

The couple's sweetheart table full of lush white floral with the themed colors.

sweetheart table felici events villa verano
sweetheart table felici events villa verano
villa verano view
villa verano view

Here is a full view of the gorgeous reception terrace, with string lights and heaters provided by the venue. 

Felici Events Blue and Silver table top birds eye view
Felici Events Blue and Silver table top birds eye view

And a birds eye view of the gorge white floral with lily's hydrangeas, paler roses, white roses and more.

We don't know what was prettier, the backdrop of the American Riviera or the simple and delicious wedding cake.

room for cake felici events blue and silver
room for cake felici events blue and silver
sweetheart table felici events chandelier
sweetheart table felici events chandelier

Listening to the toasts, the chandelier above the sweetheart table brought romance to the decor.

First Dance Jill and Jason
First Dance Jill and Jason

And their first dance!

thank you bride and groom felici events
thank you bride and groom felici events

We love this moment captured by the photographer of the bride laughing at her new hubby.  He is a funny guy, and she has a great laugh, so we are partial to this image.  Thank YOU Jill + Jason for hiring Felici Events as your planner for your perfect winter Southern California Wedding!

Grazie Mille to the Team of Vendors who made this magical week-end happen!

Cake - Room For Cake

Catering - Omni Catering & Events

Flowers - Coco Rose Design

Hair/Make Up - Chateau Belle

Invitation - Lazaro Press & Design

Lighting - Bella Vista Designs

Music ~ Ceremony & Cocktails - The Aurora Ensemble

Music ~ Reception - DJScott Topper Productions

Photography - Andrejka Photography

Planner - Felici Events

Rentals - The Tent Merchant

Real Felici Eclectic Orange Historical Museum Wedding

Real Felici Eclectic Orange Historical Museum Wedding

This cute couple celebrated their fall wedding day with funky, eclectic decor with a bright orange color palette. The Santa Barbara Historical Museum was chosen to host both the ceremony and reception. Ceremony was held in the lower courtyard with an asymmetrical draped arbor featuring hanging orbs featuring colorful mini cacti. During ceremony, the couple literally tied the knot, and bound two ropes together, symbolically. The bride wore a fitted a-line wedding dress and paired it with a wild bouquet and flower crown by Precious and Blooming. Dinner was held in the upper courtyard around the fountain and guests sat a mix of round linen draped and wood farm house tables. Village Modern Foods served a delicious feast and My Vintage Photobooth was a fun interactive element and favor for guests. All was expertly coordinated by Felici Events and captured by photographer, Nancy Neil. 

 

Photographer: Nancy Neil | Wedding Planner: Felici Events | Location: Santa Barbara Historical Museum | Floral Design: Precious and Blooming | Catering: Village Modern Foods | Ceremony Music: Santa Barbara String Quartet | Photo Booth: My Vintage Photo Booth | Rentals: Town and Country Event Rentals | Videographer: Skyline Videography | Hair and Makeup: Ab Fab Glamour Studio | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | Transportation: Santa Barbara Trolley

New Year's Eve El Encanto Blue and Gold Wedding

New Year's Eve El Encanto Blue and Gold Wedding

 

Kayla and Robert were such a lovely couple to work with!  When they called me practically a year in advance to be their wedding planner, the couple had a vision of what they were looking for and the style of venue they wanted. 

We immediately booked El Encanto, a perfect enchanted wedding ceremony location on the pond lawn.  Kayla knew that she wanted to walk on a bridge to Robert during the ceremony, and Robert's order or importance was lighting.  It is so nice to have a client who appreciates the importance of lighting, and how it can truly transform any space. 

We finalized to have the ceremony start at 5 p.m. right when it got dusk, so that when the gorgeous bride walked down the aisle, the lighting and candles in the arbor columns were flickering in full effect, creating a romantic and sparkly ceremony reflecting in each other's eyes as they said their vows.  This theme carried on into the dark blue and gold invitations.

After a warm and loving celebration of vows, guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d'ouvres under the alcove of the pond before heading down to the ballroom.  Lighting and music by DJ Gavin Roy welcomed guests for grand entrance followed by a dance set prior to sitting for a delicious three course dinner. 

Gold linens from Luxe Linens were a perfect match with custom round menus on gold chargers and the soft, fluffy and gorgeous white and blush colored floral centerpieces by Precious and Blooming.

Following dinner guests enjoyed a few hours of casino style entertainment, and turned up the beat with bongo drums playing alongside. DJ Gavin (the groom got to play a set too!).  At the count of midnight guests rang in the New Year and celebrated alongside the bride and groom with noisemakers, hats and lots and lots of love.

Wedding Planner: Felici Events  | Location: El Encanto | Photographer: Nate and Jenny Weddings | Floral Design: Precious And Blooming |  Rentals: Fusion Event Rentals | Lightning: Bella Vista Designs Inc. | Videographer: K Hodge Films LLC  | Hair and Makeup: Dreamcatcher Artistry | Casino Tables: Aces Hi Casion Nights Ventura Casino Party  | Music: Gavin Roy  | Transportation: EOS Transportation

 

Seafoam Blue Wedding at an Oceanside Private Estate

Seafoam Blue Wedding at an Oceanside Private Estate

This oceanside beach themed wedding was a perfect location for the Southern California bride and groom.  The location, Santa Barbara Beach Club, is located on a cliff offering breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. The outdoor area is a toes in the sand experience, where guests enjoyed both the ceremony and reception.  Flipflops were available as guests arrive for them to trade out for their shoes if they wished.

After the ceremony guests enjoyed a cocktail reception in the front yard. The catwalk deck is a perfect setting for the wedding ceremony which we then re-purposed to place the wedding cake under the altar canopy, and the deck became the dance floor for the wedding reception.

When planning the wedding we thoughtfully incorporate the seafoam blue colors into the crinkle linen, which reflected beautifully in the sunshine.  The bamboo folding chairs enhanced the beach vibe decor. We wanted to create some playfulness into the seafoam and white wedding, so the florals created by NLC Productions incorporated pops of color incorporating coral, yellow and orange flowers.

Guests enjoyed a delicious plated dinner by Catering Connection and a seafoam ombre wedding cake.  After dinner, guests danced the night away under string lights provided by Bellavista Designs, who also adhered fabric along the entry deck, to soften the design of the area.

Catering - Catering Connection

Coordinator - Felici Events

Flowers - NLC Productions

Hair/Make Up - Dreamcatcher Artisrty

Lighting - Bella Vista Designs

Music- Vox DJ's

Photo Booth - America's Party Company

Photography - Logan Cole Photography

Rentals - Town and Country Event Rentals

Shuttles - Pipeline Transportation

Venue Contact - Premier Rental Group

Picturesque Santa Barbara Historical Museum Wedding

 Sarah and Scott Church

Sarah and Scott Church

It's Wedding Wednesday and the Felici Events team wants to celebrate this beautiful picturesque Santa Barbara Wedding! This #Felicified couple got married in the summer and were a wonder to work with! If you want to have a true Santa Barbara Wedding, follow these tips from a previous Felici Events wedding in honor of Scott and Sarah.

First off, this couple used not 1, not 2, but 3 different venues the day of! Talk about really using Santa Barbara to its fullest. The wedding party got ready at the Canary Hotel in downtown Santa Barbara which worked out perfectly since the rehearsal dinner the night before took place on the rooftop of the Canary Hotel. It is a really a unique and elegant venue; I mean, just look at this staircase!

 Sarah and Scott Canary Staircase

Sarah and Scott Canary Staircase

 Sarah and Scott Canary Fountain

Sarah and Scott Canary Fountain

The ceremony took place at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel which is a grandiose church at the foot of some of Santa Barbara's impressive mountains. The reception took place at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum which is filled of Old-Spanish decor and ambiance. Of course when you have more than one venue, the transportation plays a big role on this special day. The Felici Events team decided to work with EOS shuttles for guests and Santa Barbara Trolley for the wedding party. It is really important that if your wedding takes place in multiple locations you provide transportation, if possible. Your guests will truly be thankful and overall will allow more guests to be on time since they are all together. It saves you and your wedding coordinator headaches later on! Besides, having transportation can allow all your guests to get to know each other a little better. Not to mention, it provides another source of fun for your wedding party!

 Sarah and Scott Trolley

Sarah and Scott Trolley

 Sarah and Scott Wedding Party Trolley

Sarah and Scott Wedding Party Trolley

When it comes to Santa Barbara, old-Spanish and adobe architecture is all around! It really gives it that picturesque feel. As for the reception decor, the Felici Events team and the bride and groom worked together to choose the color palette that really compliments that, specifically the Historical Museum adobe tile and wooden structure. Great job and a special thanks to Stems Floral for making it happen! Just look at the beautiful centerpieces and bouquet with the hints of peach and pink that really compliments the Historical Museum (and even the church as well)!

 Sarah and Scott Church Outside

Sarah and Scott Church Outside

 Sarah and Scott Musuem

Sarah and Scott Musuem

 Sarah and Scott Centerpiece Floral

Sarah and Scott Centerpiece Floral

And of course to keep that theme going, the Felici Events team designed the rest of the decor to match! The Felici Events team believes that wedding signage is really important, but more so it adds special touches that help tie the theme together! In this case, the reception sign was made from an old piece of wood that the bride and groom got. If you don't have a crafty friend or the resources or even time to make it there are ways to get signs like this made on Etsy or other companies. We recently got Dana Decals to make a few decals for some signs at a different wedding and they came out spectacular!

 Sarah and Scott Mr and Mrs

Sarah and Scott Mr and Mrs

 Sarah and Scott Reception Sign

Sarah and Scott Reception Sign

Now, although this picturesque Santa Barbara Wedding looks amazing as is, you can always incorporate your own personal touches! For example, this Felici bride and groom had a big thing for cognac, so a cognac and cigar bar was made at the reception and it was a big hit! Something like this makes your wedding more personalized and is made for all guests to enjoy and share with you! (P.S. Notice the orange and peach accents continue onto the pillows!)

 Sarah and Scott Cognac Bar

Sarah and Scott Cognac Bar

To make this wedding possible we needed all the help we could get so the Felici Events team wants to thank everyone involved and especially Chris Schmitt Photography for these amazing pictures!

Colorful Gainey Vineyard Wedding

Santa Barbara Wine Country

Rustic and Fuchsia  Romance

How cute is this #FeliciFied couple?  

J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events first dance
J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events first dance

The minute Santa Barbara based destination wedding planner, Zohe Felici of Felici Events, met the lovebirds, she knew that the wedding (and planning) would be fun. She was right!

A lot of thought and details came together including some handy crafting by the groom.

Below are creative ideas you can incorporate into the cocktail reception, in order to meld guests who may not know each other.

J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events Polaroi Photo Line
J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events Polaroi Photo Line
J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events Polaroid Photo Idea
J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events Polaroid Photo Idea

TAKE TWO!

A selfie Polaroid station is creates an area where guests may ask each other to take pictures and start conversations. Bigger bonus, look at this dramatic backdrop of beautiful Wine Country.

#FeliciFrill: on our coordination team, we provide a team member to oversee cocktail hour to engage with and help direct guests, as well as ensure the guest book is signed and questions answered.  In this case they reminded guests to take two: one for the photo book (with a love note for the happy couple) and one for themselves to keep.

J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felic Events Guest Book
J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felic Events Guest Book

This personalized guest book, designed by the groom, allowed for guests to adhere their polaroids into and write a note to the happy couple.  The wood, a masculine element, incorporated the rustic wine country decor wedding theme.  The little floral insignia on the corner, brings out some girly touches, continuing the dahlia flower theme.

J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events boccee ball cocktail hour
J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events boccee ball cocktail hour

Felici Events, specifically Zohe, is a #FeliciFied bocce ball player.  She likes to play at the beach, but really anywhere outdoor is great. This cocktail hour wedding activity is also an effective way for guests to meet and get to know each other.

J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events Succulent Escort Cards
J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events Succulent Escort Cards

THREE-FER: Escort cards with succulents is what we call a triple-whammy!

1) They create a design piece on the escort card table

2) They enhance dinner table centerpieces

3) They provide a keepsake guest wedding favor

#FeliciFrill: Our wedding coordination team will assist guests to pick up their escort card and direct them to their table, as well as remind guests to grab their favors on their way out at the end of the night.

J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events rock table numbers
J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events rock table numbers

The outdoor wedding reception contained a number of masculine decor elements, such as the stone table number positioned on the wooden table.  The decor emulated a balanced mix of masculine (wood, green, rocks, succulents) with the feminine (bright fuchsia florals, bursts of dahlias, glitter and vivid colors), just like the happy couple's personalities.

J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events winery and purple wildflower centerpiece by Nina Kinkaid
J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events winery and purple wildflower centerpiece by Nina Kinkaid

The centerpieces, overflowing from a wooden box. added bright colors and textures including greens, purples and fuchsia, which look rich and interesting.  It welcomes wonderful, soft and feminine elements.

J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events centerpiece Nina Kinkaid
J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events centerpiece Nina Kinkaid

Mmmm, there is mint and the tuber roses, which infused the air with amazing aromas. (can you see how the succulents expand and add interest to the centerpieces?)

J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events Dinner Menu Fun and unique
J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events Dinner Menu Fun and unique

#FeliciFrill: We believe signage and print is a MUST DO for any event (CLICK HERE for more ideas and Felici tips).

Above is a creative example of design of a smartly worded menu which helps engage dinner guests  as well as lets guests know "What's Up?" in a playful and decorative manner.

J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events Cake Topper
J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events Cake Topper

The glam gold sparkly cake topper says it all!  It was the best day ever!

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SAY CHEESE!

Below are wonderful wedding party photos.

J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events groomsmen pastel bowtie with blue shirt and grey suit
J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events groomsmen pastel bowtie with blue shirt and grey suit

Character, character character.  How dapper is the above groomsman in gingham material blue shirt and the pastel pink tie?

J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events Ring Barer blue gangam and yellow bowtie outfit
J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events Ring Barer blue gangam and yellow bowtie outfit

This ring barer stole the show both down the aisle and at the reception.   His dark blue gingham material and pastel yellow bowtie are adorable, his hat precious, the bride's shoes he is holding, swoon!

J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events bride with veil, bouquet wildflower pink and purples
J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events bride with veil, bouquet wildflower pink and purples

The bride was smart to collaborate with Nina Kinkaid of Coco Rose Design.  The plethora of purple and fuchsia hued flowers in her bouquet produce a unique, interesting and textured focal piece.

Her bouquet cradles a myriad of flowers, including the desert-like thistle, stems of laic, alien-esque protea and a tropical phaleo orchids, all exuding a range of vibrant violet colors.

J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events bridesmaids purple dresses
J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events bridesmaids purple dresses

The Bridesmaids bouquets were lighter in color and opposing colors of both their dresses as well as the bridal bouquet.  This play on colors bring three dimensions and balance which compliment each other.

Lastly let's talk about Gainey Vineyard (click the following link to see rental information about this Wine Country wedding location venue). This vineyard is surrounded by a stunning backdrop ideal for hosting a picturesque outdoor wedding ceremony and reception.

J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events vineyard backdrop
J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events vineyard backdrop

The majestic trees and vineyard walks are romantic.

J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felic Events bride and groom in vineyard
J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felic Events bride and groom in vineyard

#FeliciFrill: We ensure that we have time for a couple's sunset walk with their photographer.  Most of the time these end up being the best pictures.

J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events couple vineyard backdrop
J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events couple vineyard backdrop

This scene rings a true, untouched West of Santa Ynez.

J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events wooden tables at vineyard
J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events wooden tables at vineyard

The well manicured lawn and vineyard backdrop is ideal for outdoor receptions.

The string lights are a must have!

J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events venue at night string lights
J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events venue at night string lights

You and your guests will definitely need them at night.

Ciao Aline and Brian!  They lived Felici Ever after!

J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events Grand Exit Idea
J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events Grand Exit Idea

The Cherry-On-Top of this Felici Wedding is the A-Team of wedding vendors at a #FeliciFied event venue and wedding location.

Coordinator Felici Events

Flowers Coco Rose Designs

Lighting Ambient Event Design

Music / Cocktails & Reception DJ Patrick

Catering and Cake Lorraine Lim Catering

Rentals Ventura Party Rentals

Photography J Wiley Photography

Santa Barbara Wedding Miguel + Matt

Same Sex Elopement by Felici Events

Santa Barbara Courthouse & Sunken Gardens

When I wear my wedding planning hat, I have to say that I LOVE love…..I mean it!  Hearing stories of how couples meet, seeing their vision come to fruition, and then ogling the moments in time that the wedding photographer has captured.

 santa barbara courthouse gay wedding cute grooms

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding cute grooms

Matt and Miguel are no exception.  We had about two weeks to plan their elopement without meeting the happy-couple and get all their wedding details into play.  When I met with them the night before their wedding, I fell in love with these two, and their story.

Miguel and Matt met at Miguel's place of work, a hair salon in Phoenix.  Matt had been a loyal customer for years, and Miguel had just moved to town, and recently started working at the salon.  Matt says his regular stylist was handling his appointment as usual, but he could not keep his eyes off Miguel.  It was love at first sight.  On his next appointment, Matt requested Miguel as his hair dresser. Needless to say, Matt is now loyal to his stylist and getting the best haircuts ever.

 santa barbara courthouse gay wedding dog ring barer

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding dog ring barer

The couple was on the fence about having their dog be in the wedding or at the Santa Barbara Courthouse and Sunken Gardens, and  I confidently told them that they should have a ring bearer, and that the pup would be fine inside the courthouse and around the grounds.  I had not event met the pooch, but I am glad they took me up on my advice, who doesn't love that cute boxer mug!  The nice thing about Santa Barbara is that it is extremely dog friendly, so that makes it perfect for dog-lovers and owners like myself.

 santa barbara courthouse gay wedding elopement

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding elopement

 santa barbara courthouse gay wedding elpoement posed shots with dog

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding elpoement posed shots with dog

In retrospect, I think the pup stole the show.

 santa barbara courthouse gay wedding groom ceremony

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding groom ceremony

 santa barbara courthouse gay wedding grooms and dog

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding grooms and dog

In these picture I love the boutonnières and ties that oppose each other.  Matt sent me images of the ties beforehand so that I could match the ribbon with the florist.  Thank you to Kaleidoscope Flowers for doing a great job!

 santa barbara courthouse gay wedding grooms exchanging rings

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding grooms exchanging rings

Seriously, the image below looks as if there is a fake backdrop, but NOPE, Santa Barbara and the American Riviera is that gorgeous! I live it every day and appreciate the beauty and backdrops this town offers.

 santa barbara courthouse gay wedding grooms view from the top

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding grooms view from the top

 santa barbara courthouse gay wedding kiss on the cheek

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding kiss on the cheek

 santa barbara courthouse gay wedding ring exchange

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding ring exchange

 santa barbara courthouse gay wedding showing off rings

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding showing off rings

 santa barbara courthouse gay wedding steps and sunken garden dog ring barer

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding steps and sunken garden dog ring barer

 santa barbara courthouse gay wedding tower top

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding tower top

 santa barbara courthouse gay wedding walking down the hallway

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding walking down the hallway

In this image, I get a kick out of  the wedding bands.  I had no idea the formed a heart until I saw them take this picture.  What a great personalization and detail to come full circle about LOVING love!  Congratulations Miguel and Matt!

 santa barbara courthouse gay wedding wedding rings

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding wedding rings

A huge thank you to Amy at Vita-Bella Photography for these amazing images.

Classic Colors Orange and Teal at the Santa Barbara Zoo

Celebrating the anniversary of this WILD wedding of our #Felicified  Couple.

The details and colors of the wedding incorporated all elements, the bride's personality, bright colors of classic orange and teal, the beach, tropical foliage and the giraffes at the zoo.

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The ceremony took place at the Santa Barbara Yacht Club, where the Father of the Bride is a member and avid boatman.

 Yacht club Weddign Ceremony orange accents  felicievents.com

Yacht club Weddign Ceremony orange accents felicievents.com

The bridesmaids bouquets were simple, vivid, orange tulips wrapped in teal ribbon.

 tulip bridesmaid bouquet

tulip bridesmaid bouquet

The bridal bouquet made a statement with cascading white phalaenopsis orchids and touches of yellow ones.

 cascading orchid bridal bouquet felicievents.com

cascading orchid bridal bouquet felicievents.com

The programs adorned with the orange and teal ribbon made it festive on the beach.

 orange and teal wedding program felicievents.com

orange and teal wedding program felicievents.com

ADORABLE flower girl!  The bamboo basket brought texture and interest rather than a flower basket.

 flower girl beach ceremony  felicievents.com

flower girl beach ceremony felicievents.com

The bright gerber daisies adorned the ends of the aisle.

 orange wedding ceremony decor daisies  felicievents.com

orange wedding ceremony decor daisies felicievents.com

The first kiss as husband and wife under the billowing ceremony arch.

 santa barbara beach ceremony orange and teal  felicievents.com

santa barbara beach ceremony orange and teal felicievents.com

The wedding party took the electric shuttle that runs up and down Cabrillo Boulevard from the ceremony to the reception at the Santa Barbara Zoo.

 wedding party on the Santa Barbara electric trolley felicievents.com

wedding party on the Santa Barbara electric trolley felicievents.com

Guests were greeted with an arch made of glass balls filled with fun orange flowers.

 orange hanging decor wedding  felicievents.com

orange hanging decor wedding felicievents.com

A little touch of the zoo with the giraffe print escort cards placed in a 'sand box' and incorporating the beach ceremony

 orange giraffe print escor cards in sand  felicievents.com

orange giraffe print escor cards in sand felicievents.com

Cocktail hour reception

 orange cocktail hour decor  felicievents.com

orange cocktail hour decor felicievents.com

Dinner centerpieces with orange floral on a teal linen

 orange and teal table set up santa barbara zoo  felicievents.com

orange and teal table set up santa barbara zoo felicievents.com

Reception layout at the top of the hill of the Santa Barbara Zoo.  Spectacular tropic foliage was a must have for the bride, so the location we chose, the Santa Barbara Zoo was perfect for that.

 orange and teal table decor Felici Events

orange and teal table decor Felici Events

Full reception set up.  How cute are these kids tables with candy incorporated as the centerpieces.

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teal table top decor kids table felicievents.com

A visit to the giraffes.

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santa barbara zoo wedding with giraffes felicievents.com

The candy bar incorporated blue candy on a teal and orange tabletop.

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teal candy bar with orange and teal decor felicievents.com

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orange and teal candy bar decor felicievents.com

The wedding cake was covered with chocolate and sat under a bamboo alter with orchids and a paper lantern.

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wedding cake chocolate with orange decor felicievents.com

The couple's first dance. Notice the fun teal ribbon and seashell ornaments hanging from the string lights.

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first dance with paper lanterns felicievents.com

Fun surfboard wedding favors made everyone's night as a wedding favor and parting gift.

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surfboard cookie wedding favors felicievents.com

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Santa Barbara Sunset at the Zoo with string and uplights felicievents.com

What a wonderful evening it was, with the string lights, colors, and foliage.  

As professional event planners it is important for Felici Events to connect with the clients as well as the vendors we work with.  The team that helped Felici Events put together this event was no exception, thanks for helping create #anotherfelicievent

Floral - NLC Productions

Lighting - Bellavista Designs

Rentals  and linens Classic Party Rentals

Photography - BB Photo

Catering - Zoo Catering by Rincon

Engagement Pictures Slideshow Santa Barbara

Engagement Pictures Slideshow Santa Barbara

Same Sex Couple Wedding Engagement Pictures

The talents of Willa Kveta took one of our Felicified couples trotting around Santa Barbara to capture amazing engagement pictures.  We started at 9 a.m. in the Funk Zone and made our way to the Lark, a few blocks over to the Wharf and West Beach, as well as downtown on overpasses.  

We love the different backdrops and interesting three-dimensional settings captured to adorn these gorgeous guys. Santa Barbara is conducive to an array of settings within blocks from each other.

Seriously, could they be any more awesome!  It's like watching a Ben Affleck and Matt Damon photo shoot.  These guys are gorgeous, sweet and fun!

 

Congratulations Corey and Alex!  We can't wait for your BIG day!

NOTE: The Felici Events wedding planner team finds it imperative that engagement pictures happen with your photographer at some point of the wedding.  It allows for relationships to be created, a rapport both between the couple and the photographer as well as a comfort level.  IT WILL SHOW on your wedding day! We will be sure to post photos of the wedding day to prove that to you!

 

Indian Summer Ceremony Featured in Santa Barbara Magazine

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Thanks to Santa Barbara Magazine for spotlighting the wedding of Megan McRoskey and Geno St. John III. The magazine celebrates Santa Barbara’s rich and colorful lifestyle with award-winning editorial content on Santa Barbara’s people, homes and gardens, architecture, food and wine, history, arts, escape destinations, and more.

MEGAN WAS THE girl next door before becoming Geno’s high school sweetheart and then—ten years later—his fiancée after a winter proposal in Mammoth. WEARING A MONIQUE LHUILLIER GOWN, the bride exchanged vows with the groom in an Indian summer ceremony at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church before a Felici Events-designed reception at Birnam Wood Golf Club. THE NEWLYWEDS HONEYMOONED in Moore’s Island and Bora Bora, where they kayaked, paddle-boarded, and did scuba diving.

 

The Reception Venue

Birnam Wood Golf Club is a private golf club in Montecito, California. Membership is by invitation only. It is located on East Valley Road.

“THE BEST SHORT COURSE I HAVE EVER BUILT”: —ROBERT TRENT JONES, 1968

Event Planner Information

Felici Events offers full top-tier services. Packages include wedding design and coordination. Felici Events is committed to providing the utmost in service to its clients. Expect expert advice, harmonious design, and the opportunity to discuss all aspects of wedding planning.

Zohe Felici on Party Time with Scott Topper

Zohe Felici on Party Time with Scott Topper

International Event Planner Zohe Felici shares what three things she would bring if stranded on a deserted island with a party to plan.

Here is entertainment guru Scott Topper, hosting his show "Party Time with Scott Topper".

Zohe, is owner and founder of Felici Events and co-masterminder (with Scott) of Southern California Mitzvahs. She is also a longtime friend of his and his beautiful wife Angelina. (Felici Events produced their wedding in 2011),  Zohe is honored to be his very first guest (on the début) of the very first show.

There is a three person panel (the talented Kristine, charming Michelle, and myself) whom Scott interviews in order to provide the public with a glimpse inside la creme de la creme of Southern California's vendors' wild world of events.

Grab some popcorn and enjoy the show!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=yEHQB0FP-o0

PS - What a great group of gals to have on the panel with!  This is the AAA team!

Danielle and Matt - Wedding Video

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This sweet Santa Barbara Wine Country wedding video captures it all...

…watch as the wedding  day unfolds….and how Harlow steals the show!

Danielle and Matt's Fall 2013 Wedding at Fess Parker Winery was sweet and significant for Zohe.  Danielle was Zohe's very first intern back in 2006.  To watch her plan her BIG day and interact with her on a client / consultant basis was special.  Getting to know the family (Danielle's mom is the best, and dad a barrel of laughs) on an intimate level the icing on the cake.

A Special Mille Grazie to: Robert Schwieger for this www.reellifepictures.com  clip

Planner - Felici Events

Flowers - NLC Productions

Venue - Fess Parker Winery

Lighting - Bella Vista Designs

Rentals - Ventura Party Rentals

Linens - La Tavola Linens

Cake / Dessert Bar - Enjoy Cupcakes

Catering - Omni Catering

Music (ceremony and cocktails) - Chris Wooley

Music (reception and dancing) - DJ Akorn

Caricaturist - James Malia

Transportation - Jump on the Schoolbus

Intimate Santa Barbara Beach Wedding with Gold and Ocean Decor

"Goldie but Goodie".

This intimate destination wedding Felici Events produced with a team of amazing wedding vendors, was a classic, elegant, beach-flaired and bonafide celebration.

The couple met on a set in Hollywood.  Both movie buffs, their save the dates were re-creations of their favourite movies, including Sixteen Candles and The Rear Window.

The absolutely talented Jessica Lewis got to know the couple so well during their engagement shoot and planning process, that they all had fun playing with the pre ceremony photos. They got to relax and incorporate the decor and  design of the ocean front rental home, to re-create more movie scenes, and have some fun with the textures and breath-taking views.

The soft and tropical light blue, gold and ivory decor was the mastermind of Nico from NLC Productions.  The ceremony location sits on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean which is landscaped with sand, perfect for a 'toes in the sand nuptial experience'. The bride wanted to incorporate ocean-themed decor with gold and light blue.  Nico created a royal feasting table with gold accents, soft hydrangea centerpieces, gold shells and place card holders with orchid touches.

Location: The Santa Barbara Beach Club

Cake: Jana's Creative Cakes

Catering: Seasons's Catering

Decor: NLC Productions

Lighting: LBPS Events

Photography: Jessica Lewis

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Chairs: Town and Country Event Rentals

Linens: La Tavola Linens

 

#FeliciEvents #Engaged Couples Doggone #Photography #SantaBarbara #Wedding

This weekend marks a very special wedding for Felici Events, as we are producing the wedding of Danielle and Matt.  Danielle first met Zohe back in 2007, when she applied for an internship with her. Five years later, when Danielle called me to let me know she was getting married, and wanted me as her wedding planner, I was thrilled, touched and honored to be a part of Danielle and Matt's future and BIG day!  We're celebrating their nuptials this week-end in Wine Country, and boy do we have some treats in store.

Even more exciting is working with the creative and talented Dustin Waller of Waller Weddings Photography.  He showcases his talents and creativity below, as he took the happy couple through various of Santa Barbara's backdrops to capture their engagement pictures.

Of course, our favorite, as dog lovers, is the one with Harlow, their puggle and ring barer.

 Dustin Waller Engagement Photos Dog Ring Barer

Dustin Waller Engagement Photos Dog Ring Barer

 Dustin Waller Engagement Photos Wood

Dustin Waller Engagement Photos Wood

 Dustin Waller Engagement Photos Funk Zone

Dustin Waller Engagement Photos Funk Zone

 Dustin Waller Engagement Photos Red Brick

Dustin Waller Engagement Photos Red Brick

 Dustin Waller Engagement Photos Pain Drip

Dustin Waller Engagement Photos Pain Drip

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Dustin Waller Engagement Photos Backside

Wine Country Wedding - Hollywood Couple

A HOLLYWOOD COUPLE EXCHANGE VOWS FOR BETTER AND FOR BUSINESS

When L.A.-based Taylor Latham and Andrew Major decided to tie the knot, they couldn't imagine a more beautiful place to say "I do" than Santa Barbara's wine country. "We love it there," attests 31-year-old Taylor, vice president of production at Double Feature Films. "It's only two hours away but you feel as if you're transported to a different place, somewhere south of France or Tuscany," she says. "As soon as you pass Santa Barbara," she adds, "your heart rate slows down and you start to smile."

The couple's love affair with local wines began two years before they actually became an item. "We were best friends before we started dating and we'd always go to the wine country together," explains Andrew, a screenwriter, who originally met Taylor in 2001 when she hired him as an assistant. Every few months, the two would rent a van and invite a group of mutual friends to explore the wine country for a couple of days. "It was our favorite thing to do," says Andrew, also 31.

After he proposed to Taylor in October 2006, the couple scheduled a summer wedding at Foley Estates Vineyard & Winery in the Santa Rita Hills. The couple wanted to make their special occasion a weekend event and invited all 185 guests to Friday's rehearsal dinner at Mattei's Tavern in Los Olivos. The next morning, the group gathered at nearby Nojoqui Falls to play football and relax before the ceremony. "By the time the wedding started, everyone already knew each other," says Taylor, adding that neither she nor her groom were nervous before taking the plunge. "Everything worked like clockwork, so there was not a moment of stress."

The mother of the bride, 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl, agrees. "Taylor is the most organized person alive," she attests. "She and Andrew did everything, and I was happy to let them. It's the reason we didn't fight-I had no say!"

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Andrew-and-Taylor-food

Following dreamy afternoon vows against a backdrop of rolling hills and oak-studded grasslands, the reception kicked off with a cheese and wine pairing in the barrel room, where guests kept cool until dinner, served in tents on the lawn. Collaborating with the caterer, the couple had designed a menu of steak, salmon, and fried green tomato salad-Taylor's favorite complemented by a selection of Foley's wines. But it was the wedding band that stole the show. The couple say that the absolute highlight was seeing Taylor's 89-year-old grandma having a great time on the dance floor.

Not surprisingly, their pals proclaimed this was the best wedding they'd ever been to. "We had spent so many weekends together in the wine country, this was a special place for all of us;' says Taylor. Including the longtime friends of her mother also added to the fun atmosphere. "The whole night, our single male friends danced with my mom's single female friends. They all loved it!"

For Leslie and her husband, Aaron, sharing the extraordinary day with their own close circle was icing on the cake. "Getting married is supposed to be something you do in the context of your 'community' it's how your extended family endorses, celebrates, accepts you as a couple," says Stahl. "Taylor's 'community' has included our friends, too, so it was important to have them there."

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Andrew-and-Taylor

To thank family and friends for coming to their wedding, Taylor and Andrew wanted to share something that reminded everyone of the wine country event. When the couple couldn't find gifts they liked, they decided to create down vests for their guests. "We also designed our own stationery with a logo of a simple, stylish wine barrel, and then added the logo to the menu and our gifts for the wedding party." Andrew says. "Everyone loved them and asked where we had found the design."

Subsequently the newlyweds set out to create a whole line of vino-inspired apparel, including neckties, headbands, scarf belts, and tote bags. They aptly named their now thriving business Little Barrel. "We had so much fun planning our wedding every night after work that we knew we'd enjoy starting a business together," Taylor. Adds Andre "Little Barrel has become the best excuse to be together, travel the world visiting vineyards, and drink more wine." – Isabelle Gullo

Traditional spanish style cultural event and wedding venue

Felicidades y Viva  Mexico!!!!

Casa De La Guerra Spanish Theme Wedding Reception

Old Spanish Days hits close to home for me, as I was born in Mexico City and lived there until I was five, and visit as often as I can.

In honor of Mexican Independence Day - celebrated on September 16th - I want to share one of our favourite weddings that we have produced at this authentic and rustic Spanish style venue.

Casa De La Guerra is one of the most important remnants of Santa Barbara's Spanish-Mexican heritage and offers one of the most charming outdoor courtyards in all of Santa Barbara for any festivity.

Located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, it’s zoning allows for a later noise curfew, making it one of the few outdoor venues permitted to play music as late as 1 a.m.

Another advantage of this picturesque Spanish Colonial location is its proximity to various downtown hotels.  This allows for out of town guests to easily walk to and home from the party as well as experience Santa Barbara’s local nightlife.

 Casa De La Guerra Spanish Decor Hanging Lanterns

Casa De La Guerra Spanish Decor Hanging Lanterns

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Ideal for rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, corporate dinners or any party; the Casa is a great choice and offers complete privacy for your event.  With the ability to bring in your own rentals, caterers, etc. personalizing this venue is easy and does not break the bank while you enjoy your festivities under the stars!

For more information visit Felici Events Location Blog on Santa Barbara Wedding Style by clicking HERE

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Decor by: Nico Designs www.nicosb.com

Photos by:  Maciel's Photography www.maciels.com